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Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, can be a time of optimism. The observances of the holiday are actually quite therapeutic. Engaging in prayer, charity and repentance clears one’s head, and sets us in a position to anticipate a clean slate. We hope for Hashem’s blessings for a good year.
This period, however, can also be a time of apprehension, as we contemplate the unknown. No one knows what the future will bring. Life can contain unexpected twists and turns. Some of them can be quite disturbing.
We all know that bad things sometimes happen to good people and good things happen to the bad. However, who is to say which of us are good or bad or if working through some dire problem will ultimately be in an individual’s best interest.
Recently, visitors at the beautiful Jungle Island in Miami paid for a lovely day at the lush tropical attraction. They strolled happily through the park’s beautiful gardens, enjoyed the wildlife exhibits and watched the shows.
They were in for a surprise. A 500-pound Bengal Tiger jumped the previously impenetrable high wall of his cage. Frenzied visitors ran in horror. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and they recaptured the giant cat.
Yes, life is fragile and unpredictable and sometimes scary. How ironic that some emerge from dangerous war zones unscathed and yet a simple day at Jungle Island could turn so precarious. Go figure. That uncertainty makes life all the more precious. Jews are taught, “Ivdu es Hashem b’simchah – Serve G-d with happiness.” That plan, in reality, is the best that we can do.
I want to take this opportunity to wish my readers shanah tovah, a happy, healthy, sweet new year filled with much simchah.
About the Author: Shelley Benveniste is South Florida editor of The Jewish Press.
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First, sit down with your helpers and a pen and paper and break the jobs down into small parts.
A lot of people have heard about dyslexia, a learning disability that concerns reading.
I believe that Hashem will only bring Moshiach when we finally achieve achdus.
He always impressed me with his brilliance and erudition. But it was his warm remarks and his sincere concern that made me want to please him.
Often I open Haggadot and find depictions of the Makos or slavery that I find troubling for a young audience.
Because birth order can affect most children in similar fashion, there are things you can do to help your children overcome weaknesses that birth order has thrown their way.
There’s so much he could do
Resources are not few
He refuses to end all
Playing a musical instrument can help build faith in yourself as you observe yourself do something splendidly.
The recent holiday of Purim, however, debunks the idea that all females need to be given coaching in the art of moxie.
Close to 100 guests attended the event that took place at Bloomingdales in the Aventura Mall.
Our teachers worked diligently to get the program off and running and its success is due to their hard work.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe wanted the less fortunate to also celebrate Purim with joy.
Jews, wake up! Stop educating the world and start educating yourselves.
The lessons conform to the sensitivities and needs of the Orthodox community…
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